Cal Ripken Jr.

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Cal Ripken Jr. is a former baseball player who spent his entire career playing for the Baltimore Orioles of Major League Baseball. Cal earned the nickname “Iron man” over his 21-year career after playing a streak of 2,632 games in a row without missing a start, a streak that spanned from 1982-1998. The streak broke Lou Gehrig’s MLB record of 2,130 games played in a row and was part of an impressive career that earned him a place in the MLB Hall of Fame in 2007.

Sports Speaker Cal is a part of a baseball family that saw his father Cal Sr. play and coach for the Orioles as well as his brother Billy play professionally in the MLB. Cal was utilized as a shortstop and third baseman during his career and he earned American League Rookie of the Year honors in his first full season with the Orioles in 1982. In his career Cal would reach the 3,000 hit club and also 431 home runs, the most homers by a shortstop ever in MLB history. The streak was Cal’s most lasting accomplishment but during his career he would be selected to the all-star game 19 times, win 2 American League MVP awards, and be a part of a World Series championship team with the Orioles.

Since his retirement from the game he has been named to the MLB All-Century Team and owns and operates 3 minor league baseball teams including the Aberdeen Iron Birds currently playing in his hometown of Aberdeen, Maryland. His business Ripken Baseball operates youth camps, clinics, and tournaments among other things in the world of baseball. Cal does frequent speeches about his time in baseball and the lessons he learned along the way. He helped a multitude of celebrity athletes create Athletes for Hope, a foundation that helps celebrities link up with charity organizations.  His charity work is extensive and includes the charity he started with brother Billy called the Cal Ripken Sr. Foundation, dedicated to giving underprivileged kids the opportunity to play baseball and attend his camps.